Community Concerts

Music Under The Stars Labor Day Weekend

Sunday, September 1, 2024

Oglebay Park, Wheeling, WV
7:30 pm

Broadway actress, Siri Howard, and local rising star, Amanda McGovern, will join the WSO at the Anne Kuchinka Amphitheater to perform songs from a variety of genres. This outdoor concert is a Labor Day weekend tradition, perfect for all ages!

Featuring

Siri Howard

Siri Howard (soprano) is thrilled to be making her Wheeling Symphony Orchestra debut! Ms. Howard is a soloist, recording artist, and Broadway actress who began her professional career at age 10 and continues to perform in some of the most prestigious venues in the US. Siri will make her Greenville Symphony debut this December in their wildly popular concert, Holiday at Peace. Additional solo performance collaborations include the Detroit Symphony, Nashville Symphony, Omaha Symphony, New Jersey Festival Orchestra, Steamboat Symphony Orchestra, Gulf Coast Symphony, Symphonic Pops of Long Island, and The Florida Orchestra. Ms. Howard performed with the New York Philharmonic in Sweeney Todd: Live from Lincoln Center starring Emma Thompson & Bryn Terfel (PBS broadcast), and with the Philadelphia Orchestra in A Little Night Music 25th Anniversary Concert. On Broadway, Ms. Howard has been in Les Misérables and The Sound of Music (Broadway Revival cast recording). She has been in the National Tours of The Phantom of the Opera, Parade, Les Misérables, and The Sound of Music, starring Richard Chamberlain, and has extensive experience playing major roles in significant regional musical theatre venues throughout the US, including The Music Man (Marian Paroo), Ragtime (Mother), She Loves Me (Amalia), South Pacific (Nellie), and Into the Woods (Cinderella). On the operatic stage, Ms. Howard’s performances include Le Nozze di Figaro (Susanna), Orpheus Descending (Carol Cutrere), Cendrillon (Cendrillon), and La Bohéme (Musetta). Other notable credits include performing with the USO for veterans and active duty military as well as the 2016 Times Square New Year’s Eve Ball Drop. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree in vocal performance from the University of Maryland College Park, and a Master of Arts in vocal performance from the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College. Ms. Howard has enjoyed residencies at numerous music institutes, colleges, high schools, and training programs, giving recitals, masterclasses, and lectures. She lives in Greenville, SC with her husband, Producing Artistic Director of The Greenville Theatre, Max Quinlan, and their children, Jack & Sofie.

Amanda McGovern

Amanda McGovern is a vocalist and actor born and raised in Wheeling, WV. Amanda is a senior BFA Acting Major at West Virginia University. She was last seen on stage in West Virginia Public Theatre’s production of Steel Magnolias. At WVU, Amanda has been in the productions of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, Ride the Cyclone, Bright Star, and Carrie: The Musical. Amanda is elated and extremely grateful for the opportunity to perform with the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra at Music Under the Stars and Symphony On Ice in their 2024-25 season!

John Devlin, conductor

Conductor John Gennaro Devlin, is an ardent champion of American music, an innovator of concert design, and a thought leader in the field of classical music. In his fifth season as Music Director of the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra, Devlin is only the ninth conductor in its 90-year history to hold that title. He was recently named a recipient of the 2023 Georg Solti Foundation Career Assistance Award. Devlin’s artistry and versatility make him a frequent guest conductor with major orchestras across the nation. His engagements include performances with the National Symphony Orchestra, Louisville Orchestra, Virginia Symphony Orchestra, Hawaii Symphony Orchestra, Columbus Symphony, Omaha Symphony, Sarasota Orchestra, Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, Princeton Symphony Orchestra, Elgin Symphony Orchestra, and the American Repertory Ballet. Of his debut with the National Symphony Orchestra and violin soloist Joshua Bell, Anne Midgette of The Washington Post wrote that Devlin “led the evening with flair … and was visibly in his element.” A strong advocate for American music, Devlin has made it a programmatic focus and has premiered over 40 new American works. Committed to serving the wider arts community beyond the podium, Devlin is part of the six-member Conductor Constituency Leadership Team of the League of American Orchestras, advocating for conductors nationally. Previously, he served on the Conductors Guild’s Board of Directors and was a featured speaker at the organization’s annual conference, discussing the future of orchestras with the Executive Directors of the National and Baltimore Symphony Orchestras. He also delivered the keynote TED talk on “Innovation in Crowded Marketplaces” at a TEDx symposium. Devlin completed his master’s and doctoral degrees in orchestral conducting under the tutelage of James Ross at the University of Maryland. His undergraduate degree is from Emory University, where he graduated summa cum laude with a double major in Clarinet Performance and Latin.